Five questions for Kwame Alexander

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Middle-school hoops star Josh “Filthy McNasty” Bell wants to play for Duke. His twin brother JB bleeds Carolina Blue. Is there a more apt metaphor for sibling rivalry?! Here we talk to 2015 Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander, for The Crossover (Houghton), about sports, music, sleep (who needs it?), and…Gangsta Cookies. 1. The book has […]

All a-Twitter 2015

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Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @RealLiveGirl: @SomebodysFriend You’re all I could ever imagine! @ThereTheir: @PoorPour I/eye love […]

Books mentioned in the February 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Lucy Cousins Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2–5 years. I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2–5 years. ABC, easy as 123 Mix It Up! by Herve Tullét, Chronicle, 2–5 years. Press Here by Herve Tullét, Handprint/Chronicle, 2–5 years. The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book […]

Additional ALA Awards 2015

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) • Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (Houghton) • Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine (Random House/Spiegel & Grau) • Confessions by Kanae Minato, trans. by Stephen Snyder (Little, Brown/Mulholland Books) • […]

ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kwame Alexander and Dan Santat on February 2, 2015, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Chicago. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. Sibert, […]

Reviews of the 2015 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Intermediate, Middle School     Paulsen/Penguin     328 pp. 8/14     978-0-399-25251-8     $16.99 g Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy […]

Reviews of the 2015 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Intermediate, Middle School   Houghton   235 pp. 3/14   978-0-544-10771-7   $16.99   g Josh and Jordan (JB), identical twin sons of former basketball phenom Chuck “Da Man” Bell, are ball legends themselves, and they aren’t yet thirteen; Josh is the only middle schooler around who can dunk, JB has a mean three-point […]

Reviews of the 2015 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 4/14     978-0-316-19998-8     $17.00 Imaginary friend Beekle waits and waits for a child to think him into existence. When it doesn’t happen, Beekle sails off to the real world — a city full of boring adults — […]

Reviews of the 2015 Sibert Award winners

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Winner: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary     Eerdmans    48 pp. 9/14     978-0-8028-5385-1     $17.50 Apt language and ingenious imagery combine to tell the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus. A solitary, though not unhappy, child, Roget spends his time keeping […]

Reviews of the 2015 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak; illus. by Philip Hopman; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson Primary, Intermediate   Eerdmans   93 pp. 10/14   978-0-8028-5430-8   $13.00 Setting the stage on the island of Corfu, Hopman’s atmospheric opening illustrations pan in from aerial view to village to Mikis’s grandpa under a sycamore tree with […]